Orland Park bracing for the snow and cold

JOEL

By Jeff Vorva There is a lot of snow and a lot of cold in the forecast for the holidays. But Orland Park is ready. Public Works Director Joel Van Essen said before Monday’s board of trustees meeting that the game plan is in place for whatever beating Mother Nature wants to dish out –…

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Area Hoops Wrap: IHSA releases basketball postseason assignments

ST RITA 4 AND 13

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Most of the holiday basketball tournaments have not even started, but the IHSA has already released its 2023 postseason assignments. For some area schools, the placements into some sectionals are not exactly gifts from Santa. Area teams Reavis, Brother Rice, Hubbard, Marist, St. Rita, Oak Lawn, Sandburg, Shepard and Stagg…

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Northwestern unveils modern heart clinic at Palos Hospital

LOBBY

By Jeff Vorva For a little while, Suite 1520 on the first floor of Palos Hospital was “unutilized,” according to Jeff Good, the hospital’s president. “It had been a women’s health clinic and they moved most of those services to the Orland Park campus,” Good said. “It was actually a very beautiful space, but it…

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Area Sports Roundup: Marist, Nazareth mourns deaths of coaches

MARIST CC

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer   It was a sad week for two area schools. The Marist and local running communities were saddened by the death of Jon Gordon on Dec. 9, two days after sophomore Nazareth baseball coach Mario Ortiz. Gordon, the RedHawks’ boys track and cross country coach since 2017, died Dec. 9.…

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Pekau has mixed reactions to SAFE-T Act changes

PEKAU SAFE T ACT CHANGES

By Jeff Vorva In response to criticism during the election campaign, the Illinois General Assembly has made some changes to the SAFE-T Act. Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau, one of the act’s harshest critics, is not completely satisfied. Pekau has voiced criticism of the law, especially its no bail provision that kicks in on January…

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Palos Heights council talks wall of tributes

STRAZ WALL

By Jeff Vorva Tributes were the talk on Tuesday. The Palos Heights City Council meeting featured a discussion on building a wall to honor volunteers in town and kicked ideas around to honor former aldermen Dolores Kramarski, who died in November, and Alan Fulkerson, who died in 2020. The council unanimously voted to foot a…

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Local Hoops Wrap: Transfers shining for Saint Xavier in early going

KING

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The transfer portal is turning college athletics upside down, and Saint Xavier men’s basketball coach Robert Ford is enjoying it. And taking advantage of it. Jaeden King came to SXU in 2021 after transferring from NCAA Division II Tiffin University. Prior to that he played at Western Illinois. He is…

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